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Senegal tops Africa on FIFA ranking

Senegal’s national team, the Teranga Lions, maintained their ranking as the continent’s number one football nation according to the recent report published on Thursday by FIFA.

Aliou Cisse’s side are 20th on the global ranking, closely followed by Tunisia (26), Nigeria (29), Algeria (35), Morocco (43), and Ghana (46).

There were some minor changes in the September rankings of other African teams with Tunisia jumping one place and Nigeria advancing two positions.

Egypt were also placed fourth among Arab countries, after Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.

The Pharaohs made it into the world’s top ten teams after they won consecutive African Cup of Nations trophies in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

Belgium lead an unchanged top four national teams including France, Brazil and England.

The best mover in the new ranking was Russia, jumping 6 places to the 32nd place, while the biggest drop was Slovakia’s, who dropped four spots to 36th place.

FIFA world rankings (November world ranking in parenthesis):

1. Belgium (1)

2. France (2)

3. Brazil (3)

4. England (4)

5. Portugal (7)

6. Uruguay (5)

7. Spain (8)

8. Croatia (6)

9. Argentina (9)

10. Colombia (10)

Top ten African teams:

20. Senegal (20)

26. Tunisia (27)

29. Nigeria (31)

35. Algeria (35)

43. Morocco (43)

46. Ghana (47)

51. Egypt (51)

53. Cameroon (53)

57. Mali (56)

57. DR Congo (56)

Top five Arab teams:

26. Tunisia (27)

35. Algeria (35)

43. Morocco (43)

51. Egypt (51)

55. Qatar (55)

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